Trends Don’t Define You, You Define You
I just finished reading an article on 6 Healthy food trends for 2016. I couldn’t help but think that despite the fact that there were things on the list which I already consume, I won’t be doubling down on made to order meal-kits, nor will I start noshing Sweet Chili Pork jerky anytime soon.
Those were just two of the healthy food trends which that particular writer thought would be big this year. She also thinks spiced-up yogurts, root-to-stem eating (think carrot, turnip and beet greens) and what she refers to as pulses, will be big this year. By the way, pulses are part of the legume family and include dried peas, lentils and chickpeas (or garbanzo beans).
I do eat plenty of yogurt every year and I love chickpeas (or Ceci peas if you’re Italian), I even named one of my cats Ceci Pea! We make a delicious snack by draining cans of them, sprinkling them with salt and roasting them in the oven until they are crunchy. They’re delicious, nutritious and much lower in calories than other greasy snacks.
All of this aside, (because I do tend to get sidetracked) what I was actually thinking as I read that article was this; trends make good fodder for articles on culture, food, fashion, finance and more. But how many of us read about a trend and say, “Huh, I think I’m going to start putting icicle highlights in my hair, too!” or “Wow bidets are supposed to be big this year, time for a bathroom remodel!”
My point is this, what you enjoyed and had in your life last year, the year before, and many years before that, you more than likely will delight in for a good long time. Most of us don’t have the time, money or inclination to follow and act upon every trend that comes down the pike.
Once you become a real adult, (not the faux-adults we think we are in our youth) the clothes you wear, the way your home is decorated (or not decorated), the foods you eat, (a good tater-tot casserole is always going to be welcome in my home), the friends you have, the music and entertainment you prize all define you. They tell the story of you.
This is not to say you can’t enjoy a steaming plate of spicy tofu with coconut red curry, listen to a Taylor Swift CD from beginning to end, or watch a gory Quentin Tarantino movie, if indeed these activities are trends you’re drawn toward experiencing. But I don’t plan on making a habit of it. Okay?